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the news of the purchase back. it arrived in boston. boston is federalist territory, the opposition for the jefferson administration. the opposition that would want to deprive jefferson of the triumphs, and how they signal the opposition to the purchase is set off a fireworks display. it was not a throaferl -- controversial thing. american politicians were enthusiastic about this. news gets to washington, and the senate starts to debate whether the ratification of the treaty, and the only major obstacle to the purchase then arises is that jefferson, himself, strict views of the power of the federal government led him to believe that the federal government did not have the power to acquire territory, and he starts to hem and haw and say what we need is a constitutional amendment to give the government this power. now, napolian in france overthrew his government. he was not likely would be impressed by the argument. he makes noises saying, look, i'll just revoke the treaty. it's not been ratified yet. madison, our baseline alternative, comes to jefferson -- >> host: the secretary of s
, but springfield was a city where people who couldn't get a job in boston, couldn't get a job in new york would come to springfield, a city of about 170,000. and everybody was either irish, italian or they were french- canadian. and it was important to them to know where you came from. i said, well, i came from senegal valley. what? [laughter] but that was an education, just being in springfield. and this country is, it's about the, it is the great meeting place of people from all over the world. and somehow they get here, and they're free. it's -- and once, well, it's a fantastic accomplishment. i started to say america's a wonderful country, but it's -- [inaudible] >> there are some, of course, they probably don't know what they're talking about, but there are some that criticize some of your books that some of the characters are one-dimensional or simplistic or play to stereotypes. >> i think that with pride. so would dickens. [laughter] try to find some complicateed side of the great lawyer in -- [inaudible] i'll send you a postcard, the name are come to me. the name will come to me. i brus
called the boston mafia or the kennedy mafia or whatever. they were very left-leaning generally, deep into democratic politics. but in a cabinet, he was surrounding himself with a remarkably centrist range of people. john mccone, director of central intelligence. robert mcnamara who was not overtly political, but a registered republican. the secretary of the treasury, republican. so we actually may show about lot of his advisers were actually very centrist. he was not getting left-leaning partisan people around him when he was making these very important decisions. >> host: we have just a couple minutes left. one last question about the tapes. you dedicated many years of your life to the university of virginia miller center affairs. talked both about the value of these tapes, but also about the potential pitfalls because you rely heavily and some have said because the tapes are so wonderful that we can focus too much on them and there might be a danger to that. >> host: as you point out come at the university of virginia we've been working on these tapes of all six persons in the whit
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